Professor Einstein: Your Personal Genius is an educational conversational AI robot from Hanson Robotics. We mentioned Professor Einstein in our CES 2017 roundup and now the robot is available to back on Kickstarter.
This is definitely a quirky product. The robot is designed to provide Edutainment and be a personal robot companion for teens aged 13+. Professor Einstein can walk and move his arms and uses advanced robots to create a wide range of facial expressions. The robot uses natural language processing to hold a conversion.
Through the accompanying Stein-O-Matic app Einstein will be able to access a cloud service to answer teens science questions. There are accompanying educational apps and Einstein can also tell jokes.
It's really interesting to see a conversational AI product aimed at teenagers rather than younger kids (like CogniToy Mattel Aristotle - named after another famous scientist) or adults (like Amazon Alexa and Google Home.)
Einstein runs on rechargeable batteries and comes with a charging station. The cloud service will be a paid subscription with the first year included with the robot.
David Hanson, CEO of Hanson robotics, has been working on realistic robots for many years. The Einstein toy is a mini version of a full-size Einstein robot that the company has developed. We're loving the way advanced robotics is making its way into products for young people.
You can find more information and back Professor Einstein: Your Personal Genius on Kickstarter.